FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man was ordered Friday to stand trial on a felony pimping charge. After his probable cause hearing, a judge reduced bail for Emmanuel Small from $300,000 to $200,000.
Small has been in jail since his arrest on the afternoon of Dec. 29, 2012, during a police sting operation targeting prostitutes, their pimps and customers. The sting resulted in 36 arrests. Two of the arrests were for alleged pimping.
Undercover Fairfield police officers contacted the prostitute through the Internet prostitution site www.myredbook.com. The website had more than 50 women post ads offering their services in Fairfield during a six-hour period Friday afternoon.
The contact led to exchanges of text messages and then phone calls when the prostitute arrived at the Lyon Road apartment complex where police had set up their sting in one apartment.
The prostitute was arrested inside the apartment and told police she was afraid her pimp would hurt her when he found out she had been arrested. She told police her pimp was waiting for her in his car in the apartment’s parking lot.
Small was greeted at his car a few minutes later by police, who arrested him and led him up to the apartment. As he passed by the prostitute he blurted out, “When we get out of here she is going to get a beating and she’s got some explaining to do,” according to police testimony at Small’s probable cause hearing.
Small, whose mother and sister were in court for the hearing, was ordered to return to court Jan. 25 to be arraigned.
Prosecutor John Kealy said he expected additional charges would be filed against Small.
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